Hardy, Frank 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a 7a

Birth Name Hardy, Frank 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a
Birth Name Hardy, Francis 8a
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1859-12-00 Iowa, United States Birth of Hardy, Frank
Occupation     Farmer
Marriage (Groom) 1884-05-18 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Marriage of Hardy, Frank and Fritz, Matilda
Census 1885 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Hardy, Annie

Township: 71

Range: 15

Section: 5

Street and number: Blakesburg

Age at birthday in 1884: 25

Sex: Male

Marital Status: Married

Profession, employment, or occupation: Farmer

Birth county (if in Iowa): Wapello

Birth state (if in US): Iowa

Father (Native or Foreign): Native

Mother (Native or Foreign): Native

Subject to military duty: Checked

Entitled to vote: Checked

Census 1900-06-01 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Hardy, Annie

Relation to head: Head

Color: White

Sex: Male

Month of birth: December

Year of birth: 1859

Age: 40

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Married

Years of present marriage: 17

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Vermont

Place of birth of mother: New York

Occupation: Hotel Keeper

Can read: Yes

Can write: Yes

Can speak English: Yes

Home owned or rented: Rented

Farm or house: House

Census 1910-04-15 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States  

Relationship to head: Head

Sex: Male

Color: White

Age: 50

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Married 1

Years of present marriage: 26

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Vermont

Place of birth of mother: New York

Able to speak English; if not, language spoken: English

Occupation: Farmer

Nature of industry: General Farm

Employer, employee or working on own account: Own Account

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Home owned or rented: Rented

Farm or house: Farm

Number of farm schedule: 155

Census 1920-01-05 Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, United States  

Relationship to head: Father

Sex: Male

Color: White

Age: 59

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Widowed

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Virginia

Place of birth of mother: New York

Able to speak English: Yes

Occupation: Farmer



Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Mother Gunsul, Elizabeth
         Hardy, Frank


Married Wife Fritz, Matilda
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1884-05-18 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Marriage of Hardy, Frank and Fritz, Matilda
  1. Hardy, Annie


  1. Gunsul, Elizabeth
    1. Hardy, Frank
      1. Fritz, Matilda
        1. Hardy, Annie


Source References

  1. Iowa Marriages Index, 1809-1922
      • Date: 1884-05-18
      • Page: FHL Film Number: 0979589
      • Citation:

        Groom's Name: Frank Hardy
        Groom's Birthplace: Ia.
        Bride's Name: Matilda Fritz
        Bride's Birth Date: 1865
        Bride's Birthplace: Ia.
        Bride's Age: 19
        Marriage Date: 18 May 1884
        Marriage Place: Blakesburg
        Groom's Father's Name: D. L. Hardy
        Groom's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Gunsul
        Bride's Father's Name: B. Fritz
        Bride's Mother's Name: Anna Miller
        Groom's Race: White
        Bride's Race: White
        Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
        Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M58973-4
        System Origin: Iowa-VR
        Source Film Number: 0979589
        Reference Number: 2:3PT25ND


  2. Portrait and Biographical Album of Wapello County, Iowa
      • Page: Pages 276, 277
      • Citation:

        B FRITZ, a prominent and representative citizen of Blakesburg, Wapello County, is a native of Austria, born in the beautiful Province of Tyrol, on the 15th of October, 1826. He is the son of Benedict and Virneck (Yocum) Fritz, the latter of whom died in her native country at the age of about forty years, when her son, our subject, was a lad ten years old. He still remembers her as a careful and affectionate mother, devoted to the religious faith of her fathers, that of the Catholic Church. She was buried near the old home in Tyrol, and is held in sacred remembrance by the son who, although so young when she passed away, can recall her devoted and loving care. The father of our subject died in his native country in about 1859, and was also a Catholic, as were most of the people of that part of the country. Their children were carefully trained in the doctrines of that church.

        The parental household of our subject consisted of several children, five sons and two daughters. Joseph came to this country with the subject of our sketch, and died in Columbus, Ohio, in 1884; Benedict of this history was the second son; Christian is engaged in farming near Des Moines, Iowa; Anthony, a baker by trade, is in his native land; Priscilla died in the old country in about 1873; the second child died in infancy.

        Mr. Fritz left his native country for the United States in the spring of 1853. The voyage occupied thirty-six days, and after landing in New York City he proceeded to Cleveland, Ohio, where his brother Christian had previously located. Upon arriving he found that the latter had left there, and not being able to find out his whereabouts, went to Columbus, and there engaged as a house-painter, in which he was occupied for the following eight months. About this time came the glowing reports about the quantity of gold to be found in California, and Mr. F. being seized with the fever, started on the 5th of January for San Francisco via New York, and thence by steamer, arriving on the Pacific coast on the 2d of February, 1854, and proceeded straight to the mines in Placer County, Cal., where he was engaged in searching for the shining ore for the following three years. He was successful in his enterprise, and in the year last mentioned returned eastward as far as Iowa, and coming to Wapello County, purchased 160 acres of land in Adams township, on section 17, obtaining possession of it in October.

        In the meantime, however, on the 20th of September, Mr. Fritz secured unto himself a partner and helpmeet in the person of Miss Annie Miller, a native of his own country. She was born May 7, 1831, and was the daughter of Martin Miller. Of this union there were eight children, as follows: Louise B., born July 13, 1858, became the wife of Moses Abernethy, a merchant and hotel-keeper of Blakesburg; William T. was born Jan 15, 1860, and is now the manager of his father’s farm in Adams Township; Henry, born Nov. 25, 1862, is employed as a clerk by his brother-in-law, Mr. Abernethy; Matilda, born May 5, 1861, died March 20, 1864, and is buried in the cemetery at Blakesburg; the next daughter, also named Matilda, was born Aug. 7, 1864, and married Mr. Frank Hardy, a farmer residing near Blakesburg; George, born Oct. 10, 1866, is now attending the Business College of Bryant & Stratton, at Chicago; Franklin, born Sept. 26, 1868, is attending the district school; and Gertrude C. was born Feb. 14, 1871.

        Mr. Fritz is the owner of about 1,000 acres of land. He is extensively engaged as a dealer in life-stock and is also interested in mercantile pursuits. In addition to this he owns and superintends a gristmill. In his various business pursuits he has been remarkably successful and has accumulated a handsome competency. On departing from his native land he was possessed of a very small amount of this world’s goods, and that little was spent on the journey. But he has been reared to habits of industry, and had served over four years in the German army, and thus became familiar with hardship and privation, so that he was well fitted for the emergencies of the future. He had been richly rewarded in his efforts to become a man among the men of this great Republic, and occupies an enviable position as a representative citizen, enjoying the fullest confidence and respect of those among whom he has lived for so many years. Although his course has been seemingly very successful, he, too, has been visited by afflictions, the greatest being the death of his wife, to whom he was devotedly attached; she departed this life at her home on the 25th of August, 1884. She was an affectionate wife and mother, a faithful friend and counselor, and devotedly attached to the religion of the Catholic Church. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Blakesburg, and she is kindly remembered by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

        Mr. Fritz has provided liberally for his children, giving each the advantage of a good education, and has generously assisted them in starting in life. He is now retired from active labor and can look with satisfaction over the years of a life in which he has striven to perform his duty to those within his influence and to fulfill the obligations of a good citizen. He is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and uniformly casts his vote in support of its principles.

  3. 1885 Iowa State Census
      • Date: 1885
      • Page: Roll: IA1885_270; Family Number: 102
  4. 1900 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1900-06-01
      • Page: Roll: T623_462; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 112; FHL microfilm: 1240462
  5. 1910 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1910-04-15
      • Page: Roll: T624_426; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0129; Image: 26; FHL microfilm: 1374439.
  6. 1920 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1920-01-05
      • Page: Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Ottumwa Ward 1, Wapello, Iowa; Roll: T625_516; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 729
  7. Blakesburg Excelsior (Newspaper)
      • Date: 1926-04-29
      • Page: 1926-04-29; Microfilm from State Historical Society of Iowa Blakesburg (Wapello co, IA); Excelsior Newspaper, Microfilm from State Historical Society of Iowa; Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Martha Richards
      • Citation:

        While we do not intend to blow off our head about it, yet this is one anniversary that should not go by unnoticed. A quarter of a century is a long time to camp in a small town, but we have learned to like it and hope to continue here for some time to come. During all these years we have stuck pretty close to business and have never missed getting out an issue of the paper and have always had it out on time.....We give below a panarama of Blakesburg as it was a quarter of a century ago:

        Articles of Incorporation had been adopted. G. F. THODE was the station agent and the lawn about the depot was the prettiest along the Kansas City division, this being Roadmaster SHEA's office headquarters. All the ground south of the old SCHEAFER homestead, was a meadow. Billy FRITZ drove a span of high-stepping bays to a rubber tired buggy. John SHEA stood on a box with an apron tied around his neck and dried the dishes for his mother. Uncle Hi VanCLEAVE furnished music on his violin every evening. Drs. UDELL, TORRENCE and HURST furnished the pills and quinine. Tom HAMPTON run the saloon. Vade SMITH was superintendent of school. There were two livery barns and both run hacks to all trains. H. FRITZ, M. H. ABERNATHY, W. S. WILSON, Sr. and W. S. CASH had general stores here. Chas. ZIGLER run a jewelry store. Jerry THOMPSON was the produce dealer and drove a huxster wagon. Chas. READING and Wm. ROWE were the village blacksmiths. John FOLAND was operating the creamery, WATERMAN Bros., harness shop, Frank FRITZ and John OSWALD, hardware. Some of the girls road (sic) bicycles. HARLAND & JACKSON, S.P.POSTON, Emery CHIDESTER and T. E. THOMPSON were the stock buyers. M. H. ABERNATHY was postmaster, Minnin SANDIFER, millinery store. Walter ABEGG was the then young banker in Blakesburg and Fred LOBER run a fruit store. Wm. GOODSPEED was mayor. John LaFOLLETTE was working for Wm. FRITZ. Merritt TINSLEY and O. E. THODE were bachelors and Frank TINSLEY was the sympathetic undertaker. Rev. BOBBITT was pastor of the Baptist church and Rev. BURDOCK the Methodist church. Walter ABERNATHY graduated from dresses to trousers. "Foot" Thompson carved pork chops. Blakesburg had two hotels, Frank HARDY and "Chunk" TINSLEY were the landlords. Edward FRITZ was learning to walk and Bert THOMPSON and I. T. CHIDESTER were the tonsorial artists and Ben THAYER was 'devil" in the Excelsior office."

        (Later in the issue:)

        In our write up of twenty-five years ago we overlooked mentioning that W. FRITZ was here in the lumber and implement business.

  8. Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
      • Citation:

        Name: Hardy
        Birth Date: 31 Jul 1884
        Birth Place: Blakesburg, Wapello, Iowa
        Father's Name: Francis Hardy
        Father's Birth Place: Iowa
        Mother's Name: Matilda Fritz Hardy
        Mother's Birth Place: Iowa
        FHL Film Number: 979674